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West Ham from birth & 'til death do us part. Work in sales in technology based products. In between West Ham, family & work I play darts in a local league and coach football with an U16 team.
How I feel about Football says a lot about why I support West Ham. Inspired by the words of Johan Cruyff I wrote my poem, 'The Beautiful Game' in 2006: -
No higher football honour
May history bestow
Than soccer played with style and skill
Redefining creative flow
In the mind’s eye of every fan
Their tricks and turns to see
Onlooking viewers bedazzled ghasps
At this poetic artistry
Unpredictable and sporadic
But with complete devotion
We suffer the frustrating heartache for moments
Of genius in motion
Call me a purist, call me fickle
Neither do I care nor complain
My admiration lies wherever it’s found
Immersed in the beautiful game
Are we in it for the winning
Solely for three points
Visions spectacular with hearts a-racing
The rest just disappoints
Hide it in the corner
Watch the clock run out
For the win professionally waste time
Is that what it’s all about
How I came to support West Ham
My Dad was born a couple of hundred yards from the ground in Compton Avenue (just off the Baking Road) and my mum was from St Olaves Road East Ham. All the family supported West Ham. From the age of 8 to 17 I lived in the North West of England. Surrounded by Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton fans in the main. I never swayed. Cup win in 1980 was a particular high point. Many kids at my school, Near Macclesfield, in Cheshire sided with West Ham for that afternoon and, I believe, tended to have a bit of a soft spot for us ever since. The lowest point was always (now overtaken by the display against Hull City on 26th Mar, 2014) our 6-0 loss at Anfield (1985 I think) but even that spoke volumes about our club with the West Ham faithful singing "We Want 7" with 5 minutes left to play :) . Other memories include standing in the Stetford End when Jasper Olsen was warming up and laughing at the lads singing "Oops Upside your Head" at him while he did his stretches on the touchline. Also managed to sneak in with the West Ham fans on a later visit. Standing adjacent to the jungle listening to "Where's your famous ICF," as it was the first visit after the infamous documentary 'Hooligan' then nearly getting herded on to a Special back to Euston. Happy Days.
My best West Ham memory
Lifting the cup in '80. Meant a great deal to me.
The best West Ham game I’ve ever seen
02/02/86 West Ham United 2-1 Manchester United